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The Johns Hopkins University Tax Office reports through the Controller to the university's senior leadership. The Tax Office is responsible for all the institution's domestic tax matters and is an integral member of this high-performing, client-focused team.
The Tax Office is looking for a motivated individual to fill the role of Senior Accountant. This individual will serve on a collaborative, collegial team that is responsible for ensuring the university's compliance in matters related to its domestic and international tax obligations.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
This individual will bring with them knowledge of accounting principles and tax laws, particularly tax laws related to U.S. sales tax. Some experience with other indirect taxes such as VAT and GST is preferred. In addition to this knowledge, this individual demonstrates high levels of competency with Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Excel when performing specific duties and responsibilities, along with familiarity in navigating accounting software. Communication is an integral skill in this role, with regular written and oral communication needed, including the need to explain complex tax topics to individuals outside of the Tax Office who may not be familiar with the tax laws and related concepts. This individual is flexible and easily able to adapt to accomplish management's priorities and goals.
The Senior Accountant will be expected to contribute to:
Preparation of sales tax returns.
Preparation of sales tax exemptions.
Preparation of domestic business registrations.
Preparation of VAT and GST returns
Preparation of reports, account reconciliations, and journal entries as part of filings and other projects.
Review state correspondence and prepare draft response letters.
Other special tax projects as assigned by the management team
Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field.
Three years of progressively responsible related work experience. If Bachelor's degree is in unrelated field, four years of progressively responsible experience is required.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with at least four years related work experience strongly preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of laws that apply to sales tax.
Knowledge of and experience with business process that apply to sales and other indirect taxes.
Ability to understand the university's accounting system.
Proficiency in preparing complex worksheets using advance Microsoft Excel features.
Ability to interact with employees, students, and personnel from other departments.
Effective writing and communication skills.
Detail oriented with strong project management skills.
Proficiency in workpaper documentation skills.
Ability to perform tasks independently.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Classified Title: Sr. Accountant Working Title: Senior Accountant, Tax Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30am - 5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: JH at Keswick Department name: University Tax Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University
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